virginia katz

land current

These three-dimensional paintings were inspired by the debossed texture of my two-dimensional topographs-on-panel and address our physical connection with and dependency on the landscape. Using only thick, acrylic paint, I built up these inches-thick, landscape paintings to emphasize the physicality of our world and to bring three-dimensional landscape painting into the tradition of what has been a two-dimensional painting practice. I form paint, peel it, cut it, sand it, layer it, and construct the works – all of paint. They are presented on the wall and on pedestals. The paintings address and equate natural disaster and climate crisis to personal upheaval. Landscape is a metaphor for the body.

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Entanglement

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Aquamarine, Citrine, Uncut and Cut Diamonds,
Black Tourmaline, Rutilated Quartz and Malachite
20" x 16" x 4", 2017

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Entanglement - detail -


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Recomposition

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Topaz, Amethyst, Ametrine and Quartz Crystals

20" x 16" x 5", 2017

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Recomposition - detail -


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Flesh of Our Flesh

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4.5”, 2015

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Flesh of Our Flesh


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Debris Field

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
16” x 12” x 4”, 2017

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Debris Field - detail -


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Separation Anxiety

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 5.5”, 2015

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Separation Anxiety - detail -


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Dry Bed

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4”, 2015

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Dry Bed - detail -


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Breakdown, two views

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
72” x 52” x 6”, 2015

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Breakdown - detail -


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Surge

Acrylic on Panel
16” x 12” x 3", 2013

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Surge - detail -


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Particulate – 405 Fwy

Acrylic on Panel
16” x 12” x 3", 2013

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Particulate – 405 Fwy - detail -


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Drifter

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
10” x 8” x 3", 2010

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Studio View


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Studio View

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded

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Installation View


These textural, topographical works-on-paper were inspired by the Place series when I began viewing satellite imagery on a regular basis in 2006. The series is ongoing. The works are the result of multiple layers of mixed media and mixed processes on paper. Beginning as monoprints, they then were printed onto a collograph and the process continued with stages of drawing and painting to create one-of-a-kind prints of imagined lands. These familiar places are the source of our shared nature. I think of the surface of the land as akin to, or anthropomorphized as, a human skin. Natural materials, such as leaves, vines, tree bark, and soil were incorporated into the transfers to form debossed, textural patterns of time-based, proto-topographical land forms.

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Into the Abyss I, II, III

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Prints
66” x 36” each, 2017

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Into the Abyss II
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Into the Abyss III - detail -


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Deep Waters

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
66” x 36”, 2017

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Deep Waters - detail -


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Studio View

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Into the Light I

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
66” x 36”, 2017

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Into the Light - detail -


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The Point of No Return

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
66” x 36”, 2017

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The Point of No Return - detail -


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Lost Horizons

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
66” x 36”, 2015

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Lost Horizons- detail -


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Bloom

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
30” x 22”, 2014

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Dissections

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
30" x 22”, 2014

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Force Fields – Wetlands

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Originial Print
30” x 22”, 2007

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Installation View